Mourinho labels rumours of Manchester United exit as ‘garbage’

Controversy seems to follow Jose Mourinho around, and the Manchester United manager is not one to hide his true feelings, particularly in press conferences.

At the start of the season, the Portuguese coach had hoped that the Red Devils would be challenging for the Premier League title.

At previous clubs, Mourinho has guided teams to league glory in his second season in charge, but it is likely that he will repeat that tradition at Old Trafford.

To make matters worse, United’s local rivals Manchester City are the ones running way with the crown as they currently sit 15 points ahead of the pack after 22 games.

The Red Devils are unbeaten in their last six top-flight matches, but three of their last four outings ended in draws.

Amid the disappointing results, a report in the Daily Mail claimed that the United hierarchy are worried that Mourinho will quit at the end of the season.

The former Chelsea boss responded to the speculation during a press conference on Thursday.

“I can’t find a better word than garbage to define the [recent] talk. If you want to ask me directly, I see myself next season at Manchester United. I will leave when the club wants me to leave; at the moment I have no intention to leave at all. I want to stay, I don’t see any reason not to stay.

“I still have a contract – in fact I am only in the middle of my contract, not in the last couple of months. My desire is to stay until the board and the owners are happy with my work. The worst thing about the garbage news is that it puts doubt on my professionalism, and that affects me because it is something I don’t admit. I hope by the end of my contract the board are happy enough with my contribution to want me to stay. Whether I get a new contract or not depends on the club but my commitment is total and I want to stay.”